Pew's February Political Typology Poll asked people about recent trends in American society.Pew asked if "more people of different races marrying each other" was good or bad society.Among the recommendations are speaking out against forced conversions, recognising the legality of inter-faith marriages in British law, non-judgemental pastoral care and a complete rejection of any violence."It might sound a little like we are stating the obvious but it does need to be said," Sheikh Ibrahim told The Independent.
Christian pastors and Muslim imams have come together to draw up guidelines detailing advice on how to deal with inter-faith marriages.
Today, opposition to interracial marriage is low, but it still lingers.
Among religious groups, evangelicals remain the most opposed to interracial marriage, according to a poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press (Pew).
Although marrying between faiths is entirely legal in Britain, couples often face resistance and hostility, both from family members and religious leaders.
Occasionally both Muslims and Christians feel pressure to convert to another's faith in order to avoid fallouts and ostracism.
The 2001 census suggests 21,000 but demographers believe the figure is considerably higher.